Your gutter system is a vital part of your home, and if it’s time to think about gutter replacements, it’s worthwhile to understand all of your options so you can make the best choice for your home. One of the things you’ll need to know is whether to choose seamless gutters or traditional gutters. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but unless you understand the differences, you won’t be able to evaluate what those mean for your home. Take a look at the basics of seamless and traditional gutters and learn what you should be thinking about when you choose between them.
What Are Seamless Gutters and What Are Traditional Gutters?
Are your gutters traditional or seamless?
Most people are only familiar with the gutters they have. That doesn’t necessarily mean traditional gutters, though – while those may have been more widespread for longer, seamless gutters have become quite popular. It’s important to be sure you know what is meant by those two terms.
Seamless gutters are also called continuous gutters. That’s because, instead of being produced in sections that are joined together at installation, seamless gutters are made from one continuous piece of material. Traditional gutters, also known as sectional gutters, come in multiple pieces that are joined together and sealed to form a longer piece.
Advantages of Seamless Gutters
There’s a reason why seamless gutters have become so popular. They offer a lot of benefits that homeowners love. Seamless gutters need noticeably less maintenance and cleaning than other types of gutters. The lack of joints in the gutter system creates fewer obstructions that trap debris, so it’s less work to keep them flowing freely, and with the addition of a good gutter guard, their maintenance needs drop to almost nothing.
Even though homeowners are doing less work to keep up with seamless gutters, they actually last longer. That’s also because of the lack of joints. Seamless gutters don’t have built-in weak spots, so they maintain their integrity longer. People like the look of them as well. The smooth, uninterrupted line of the gutter system makes the home look more polished. With many seamless gutter style options available, you can choose gutters that are more subdued and less noticeable, or you chose a style that stands out and complements your home. Either way, these gutters can increase curb appeal and property value.
Advantages of Traditional Gutters
Traditional gutters also have advantages and homeowners should definitely weigh them to discover which gutter option is right for them. People who prefer to do their own work on their home will like sectional gutters precisely because they’re the most logical choice for DIY gutters, and home handymen who are enthusiastic about the work may prefer to do their own maintenance and repairs as well. Traditional gutters are gutters that a homeowner can work on themselves if they choose to, and that has a value of its own.
There’s also the price to consider. The price of gutters is variable – no matter what type of gutter system you go with, the gutter materials, the size of the house, the complexity of the roof, and other factors all impact the final cost. However, as a rule, traditional gutters are the most affordable to install. They’re also usually more affordable to repair, as you may only need to repair one or a few sections at a time rather than the entire system.
Disadvantages of Seamless Gutters
There are also drawbacks to choosing seamless gutters, and it’s important to think about how these may affect you if you choose them. For instance, if your seamless gutters are damaged, that damage involves the entire gutter, since it’s one big piece and not small sections. That means repairs will cost more and be more complicated and time-consuming. This is balanced out by the fact that seamless gutters are less likely to need to be repaired in the first place, but you’ll have to do your own cost-benefit analysis. Do you have a reason to think your gutters are more at risk of accidental damage? How are you at covering unexpected expenses?
Another thing to consider, if you like DIY projects, is that neither installation nor repairs are going to be DIY projects. Professionals will need to customize the gutter system to your house, which will also cost more money than other types of gutter installations, and then they’ll need to do the installation using specialized equipment that isn’t available to the average homeowner.
Disadvantages of Traditional Gutters
Make sure you know what you’re getting into before choosing a gutter system.
For traditional gutters, the disadvantages are different, but there definitely are some. You’re going to be doing a lot more maintenance on your traditional gutter system. It’s more than just cleaning out debris – the joints holding different sections together will need to be resealed periodically as well. Additionally, you’re more likely to experience leaks in your gutter system at those joints, which can lead to water damage if they aren’t addressed quickly. Your tradeoff for repairs being more affordable as they occur is that they’ll be needed more frequently – which means that, in the long run, they may actually add up to a more expensive repair bill.
Traditional gutters often just aren’t as pleasing to look at as seamless gutters. Whether or not you care about seeing where the sections are joined together on your gutters, you have to remember that your home is an investment, and eventually, you’ll probably want to sell it. You might be more likely to do that if your home is considered more attractive, and traditional gutters can detract from that.
A new gutter system is a big decision, so you should take your time and go over all the variables before you choose one. If you’re ready to talk about new gutters or you need help with your existing gutters, Lednor Home Solutions is here for you.